Sialkot Lynching: Civil society members demonstrate in Lahore
Lahore: The civil society group in Lahore city of Pakistan came out on the streets on Saturday to demonstrate against the killing of a Sri Lankan national by a mob on accusation of blasphemy in Sialkot city on Friday.
Sharing images of people protesting on streets, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan tweeted: "Civil society in #Lahore comes out to strongly condemn the cold-blooded murder of Priyantha Kumar, a Sri Lankan man tortured to death and burned by a mob on flimsy allegations of blasphemy. #sialkotincident."
In a chilling case of a vigilante mob justice, a Sri Lankan man was lynched and then set on fire by a marauding crowd at a factory in Pakistan's Sialkot on accusation of blamsphemy, sparking global outrage over the rising incidents of religious fundamentalism in the Islamic nation.
The victim has been identified as Priyantha Kumara, who was tortured to death to by the mob over blasphemy allegations before they burnt his body.
Civil society in #Lahore comes out to strongly condemn the cold-blooded murder of Priyantha Kumar, a Sri Lankan man tortured to death and burned by a mob on flimsy allegations of blasphemy. #sialkotincident pic.twitter.com/PetXXFi79b— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) December 4, 2021
Kumara, a Sri Lankan national and general manager of Rajko Industries in Sialkot in, was accused by the vigilante mob of tearing a poster bearing the name of Prophet Mohammad, reports said.
After torturing him, the mob burnt his body publicly on a road in Sialkot.
As videos and images of the horrific lynching incident surfaced on social media, politicians, diplomats, activists and netizens from Pakistan and abroad expressed shock and drew the government's attention to the rising extremism in the country.